Committee Chairs, Section Chairs, and other participants are encouraged to nominate papers for award consideration. The following guidelines are to be noted by persons submitting work:

1. With the exception of the PRQ Award, no previously published material is to be submitted.

2. Review processes for each award are conducted by award committees consisting of at least three political scientists. The review process is anonymous.

3. WPSA awards carry monetary prizes determined by the Executive Council, or, in the case of the PRQ award, determined by the PRQ Editors.

4. As part of the long-standing commitment of the Association to have the Political Research Quarterly reflect the intellectual strengths of the organization, WPSA paper award winners are provided with an enhanced opportunity to seek publication of the paper in PRQ. Papers receiving WPSA awards will be offered the opportunity of an expedited review. If, after the first review, an award winning paper does not meet the normal publication standards as determined by the editor(s), at least one opportunity to revise and resubmit will be provided to the author(s). There is no guarantee that papers will be published, but the editors will make every effort to work with authors to bring manuscripts to the level required by the normal peer review process. Papers must be submitted through the web-based submission system within six months of receipt of the award.

5. Winners of the Awards are announced at the Annual Meeting of the WPSA.

Where to Submit

Please send award submission to the individuals listed below by the deadline noted. No previously published material may be submitted.

Betty Nesvold Women and Politics Award
Nazita Lajevardi
Michigan State University
June 15, 2021

Blacks and Politics Best Paper Award
Christopher Stout, Chair
Oregon State University
June 15, 2021

Charles Redd Politics of the american West Award
Chair: Gabriel Sanchez
University of New Mexico
Deadline: June 15, 2021

Clay Morgan Book Award: (Click here for Award Description)
Chair: Cara Daggett, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech
Deadline: August 1, 2021

Dissertation Award:
Chair: Maria Chavez, Pacific Lutheran
Deadline: October 15, 2021

Don T. Nakanishi Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Service in Asian Pacific American Politics:
Daniel Lee, University of California, Berkeley
Deadline: June 15, 2021

Environmental Political Theory Award
Matt Leep, Western Governors University
Deadline: June 15, 2021

Latino/Latina Politics Best Paper Award
Chair: Mara Cecilia Ostfeld, Michigan State University

Pi Sigma Alpha Award
Chair: Patricia Jaramillo, University of Texas at San Antonio
Deadline: June 15, 2021

Political Research Quarterly Best Article Award:
Angela X. Ocampo, University of Michigan

Politics, Groups and Identities Best Article Award:
Janelle Wong, University of Maryland

William E. Connolly Award (Political Theory)
Chair: Steven Johnston, University of Utah
Deadline: June 15, 2021